Thursday, May 30, 2013

Battle of Rejjaf 1897

Last night myself, Brian Buskell and Stan Crabbie played a nice Colonial game based on the Battle of Rejjaf, fought on the 17th February 1897 on the upper Nile, between the Congo Free State and Mahdists forces. The Belgian Army made up of 7 companies of 'Force Publiqe', a mountain gun battery and 2 warrior units of Azande tribesmen had the mission of breaching the high ground to their north and capture the town.

The Mahdists forces however had to defend hills and town and stop the Belgian advance up the Nile and into the lower Sudan. Brian commanded the Madhists forces made up of 8 warrior units, three units of riflemen and an artillery battery.

Our battle was fought much as history remembers....well for at least a number of turns. The Belgians moved forward and took one of the heights and forced the Mahdist artillery to retreat leaving behind one of their guns. However as in history the Mahdi forces advance forward in strong numbers to the Belgian's front and onto the left flank of the Belgian Army.

For a number of turns the repeated attacks on the Belgian's were held in check but the overwhelming numbers of Mahdi warriors overcome the Belgians and forcing them to retreat.

Start of the Belgian advance to disaster

Mahdist riflemen hold the hills to the north of the Belgians

Mahdist artillery and the Army Emir - Muhammad Ali Badi

Belgian allied warriors - Azande warriors looking very much like Zulus

Proud Force Publique troops advance onto the high ground

Belgian mountain battery offers support to the hard press troops

High ground taken

The main body of the Mahdist forces advance and attack the Belgian left flank

After repeated attacks the Belgian troops are finally overwhelmed and a number of companies are overrun.

The battle is over and the Belgians limp back in the Congo

Friday, May 24, 2013

Back to Napoleonics

Today myself and a good friend, Jeff Smith, got together and played a small game of Napoleonics. We have not played this period since the start of the year, so it was good to drag out the figures and game on. We played using the Fortune & Glory Napoleonic rules, developed by Andrew Parr. Jeff played the French and I the Austrians. We both had eight battalions of infantry each, but Jeff had the advantage of Artillery and I cavalry.

Jeff and I tended to do a fare bit of talking before we got the game going so we only had enough time to play five turns. However I think if another turn was played Jeff would have broken through my centre and routed the Austrian Army (Me).

All the figures used in todays game were from the Elite Miniatures range and painted by our good friend Leroy Simpson.

Austrian Ulans charge forward under the watchful eye of their commander.

French Line Infantry 

The view from behind the Austrian battery...perfect 

French skirmishers

Center of the table saw mass attacks on both side. Jeff's French finally broke my center.

Austrian Grenadiers stopped and held French attempts to turn the Austrian left flank.

Austrian Cuirassiers advance on the French left flank

French Imperial Guard Chasseurs attempt to stop the Austrians but get pushed back

Jeff's troops break my center

My Ulans are defeated and route from the field

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Perry Miniatures Egyptian Infantry - Sudan

I have been a little slack lately in showing what I have been painting over the last couple of weeks. Other then finishing of a commission for ACW I have managed to fit in my final two companies of Egyptian Infantry for my Sudan collection. Both units are from the Perry Miniatures Sudan range and besides trying to find those small thin pieces of flash, which seem to pop up every now and then, the figures were a pleasure to paint. The best thing I like about these guys is that they have no added equipment so painting them is fairly fast and almost soothing.

I have yet to finish painting the last two company flags and then the boys will be complete and hopefully fight well on their next outing on the gaming top.

One of the command stands

Egyptian firing line

2nd command stand

Friday, May 17, 2013

Anglo - Egyptian Skirmish - 1882

Last Wednesday night two of the boys (Terry Moran and John Fulton) play tested the Egyptian Army list for Andrew Parr's Colonial rules 'Breach Loader and Rifle'. Both sides having roughly 760pts each, which included infantry, cavalry and artillery. 

The British fielded three line companies, two Elite Highlander companies, a cavalry squadron and an artillery section.

On the the Egyptian side were five line infantry companies, two irregular companies, two cavalry and an artillery section.

Egyptian artillery section

The British artillery section

Egyptian irregulars 

Egyptian regulars fend off their British counterparts. The British were shot down before actually reaching the Egyptians.

Irregulars caught by British Hussars

Who in turn were caught in the rear by a squadron of Bashi-Bazouks

A random camel train...from Cast-a-way Arts

Highlanders charge in.